april 6, 2019  10 am - 8 pm



TUESDAY, OCT 29, 2019 | 7:30 PM | THE HIVE


Need some preparation before Sparkathon?

Learn about the importance of design-thinking in a fun, one-hour crash course at The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (The Hive) to prepare for the upcoming Sparkathon! The Sparkathon planning team will answer any questions you may have about the competition, judging, ideating process, and more.




Crash-course workshop at the Hive

Oct 29th, 7:30-8:30p.m.


Check here for the prompt and context document. Good luck!



09:00 A.M. | Prompt Reveal & Kick-Off!

12:00 P.M. | Lunch

02:00 P.M.  | First-Round Judging

04:45 P.M.  | Final-Round Judging

06:30 P.M.  | Award Ceremony


Tell us what you thought about Sparkathon so that we can improve!



Fred Leichter

Executive Director | The Hive

Gloria Liou

Associate Product Manager| Google

Christina Tong (PO '17)

Product Manager | Google

Cort Pugh

Software Engineer | Google

Fred spent 25 years at Fidelity Investments in Boston, most recently as Senior Vice President of Design Thinking and Innovation, where he also designed Fidelity’s first website in 1996. Fred has also been a lecturer and fellow at the Stanford, where he taught a range of classes such as “Designing with Data,” “Designing for the Law” and “Project Joy.” Fred is also active in the sport of curling and coached his son’s team at the World University Games in Almaty, Kazhakstan last year.

Gloria is an Associate Product Manager at Google working on Google's internal hiring processes and tools. She graduated from Pomona in 2018 and majored in Computer Science and Linguistics/Cognitive Science. On campus, she ran on the track team, played violin in the orchestra, and helped out with the 5C Hackathon!

Christina is a Product Manager on Google's Augmented Reality Platform, ARCore, and previously worked on Google's products for small and medium businesses. She graduated from Pomona College in 2017 with a computer science major and politics minor. On campus, she served as Student Body President and co-founded the Claremont Barbell lifting club.

Cort is a Software Engineer on Google's Hotel Search team. He graduated from Rose-Hulman in 2017 where he majored in Computer Science and Economics. He's interested in behavioral economics, and enjoys soccer, ultimate, and skiing.